Truck mows down TMC activists on NH-60
Kolkata: Two Trinamool Congress activists were killed in a tragic accident on National Highway 60 at Hasnabad in North 24-Parganas, on Monday morning.
The incident caused traffic congestion in the area for some time. The situation was later brought under control by the local police. The victims, identified as Lalan Prasad and D Murli, were riding a motorcycle when a speeding truck hit them from behind.
Police said that the victims were crossing the road on the motorcycle when the truck driver lost control over the vehicle and mowed them down.
He then managed to flee from the spot along with the vehicle, immediately after the incident. It has been learnt that the victims were going to join an election rally of Trinamool Congress.
Some of the local residents tried to intercept the vehicle but failed to do so as the driver sped up. Tension gripped the local residents after the incident, many of whom staged protest against the reckless driving of goods vehicles along the National Highway.
The local residents rushed the injured victims to a nearby hospital, where the doctors pronounced them brought dead. They had critical injuries in various parts of their
Vehicles plying through the area remained stranded for nearly half an hour as an agitated mob staged demonstration on the road. Police assured the local residents that surveillance would be conducted to check the vehicles that flout the traffic norms.
Senior police officers later reached the spot and pacified the mob. They brought the situation under control. Traffic movement was restored soon as well. Police have subsequently started a detailed probe into the incident.
They are also investigating to ascertain if there was any foulplay involved in the incident. Raids are being conducted to nab the truck driver.